Following on from Alan’s and Celine’s statements about RDA implementation at the British Library and Cambridge University Library, today Bernadette O’Reilly shared the Oxford University / Bodleian ‘s position with LIS-UKBIBS:
You may also be interested to know that OLIS, the community of Bodleian
and other Oxford University libraries, has been implementing RDA for
modern BK material over the past month and will implement for SE
materials at the end of this month. Our MU specialists implemented RDA
in February and our MP specialists are now moving to RDA, but
non-specialists will keep to AACR2 for the moment. We will soon begin
work on documentation for other types of material and will implement for
each type once the documentation is ready.
Any downloaded records or records already in our database which need
upgrading or significant editing will be converted to RDA, but most
records in our database will remain as AACR2 for the foreseeable future,
and newly-downloaded full-level AACR2 records from reliable sources will
be left as AACR2. This means that our BNB contributions will be mainly
RDA from now on but may include a few high-quality derived AACR2
We will not add GMDs to RDA records, of course, but for the convenience
of catalogue users GMD-like elements will be generated in our public
resource discovery system, as a stopgap. If/when we get a discovery
system which can make good use of 33X fields we will probably add 33X
fields to AACR2 records.
We are very grateful for all the help and advice we have received from
other agencies, especially for the generosity of the British Library in
sharing documentation and specialist training.
As we might have expected of the Bodley's Catalogue Support Services, user experience is key here: consistency and predictability of search have been considered, with information formerly found in AACR2's General Material Designations "generated in our public resource discovery system, as a stopgap."
Again, we can see the hybrid environment in evidence, with "full-level AACR2 records from reliable sources" co-existing alongside RDA records. Cutter would approve.
It's also good to see evidence of the UK cataloguing community's sharing attitude, led, as is often the case, by the BL.
Again, it's really helpful to know who is implementing RDA and the attitudes they are taking to legacy data, and I hope we'll be seeing more announcements from other cataloguing agencies in the near future.